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Shonda Rhimes Says ABC Made A ‘Human Choice’ By Canceling ‘Roseanne’ Following Racist Tweet

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Shonda Rhimes certainly did not hold back when it came to voicing her opinion on ABC’s decision to pull the plug on Roseanne following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet towards Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama.

ABC announced that the reboot would be canceled after Barr took to Twitter to spew the hateful comment, if the muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby,” in reference to Jarrett.

The television producer and screenwriter says Barr got what she deserved and took to her Twitter to state, “As I tell my 4-year-old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.”

As for Valerie Jarrett, she described the consequences of Roseanne’s actions as “a teaching moment.” She also believes some of the responsibility and hatefulness falls on Donald Trump.

“The tone does start at the top, and we like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country,” she said during MSNBC special, Everyday Racism in America. “Our government is only going to be as good as we make it be.”

According to Deadline, the cancellation of Roseanne has opened the door for ABC to consider filling the slot with one of the comedy pilots that came close to a series order. Steps, starring Ryan Michelle Bathe, was first passed over because of its similarities to another fall pickup, Single Parents. The show, which revolves around four adults in three houses raising three kids after two divorces, just may have another shot with ABC. If the show is indeed picked up, it has been said that it could be tweaked.


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